Here’s a quickie for you: Always open your junk mail before you throw it away.
Why? Well, aside from this handy object-lesson about identity theft (moral of the story: shred, shred, shred!), you just never know what you might find in there.
Yesterday I received some mail from Volkswagon. I don’t own a VW, nor do I plan to purchase one. But VW is so desperate for my business, they’re willing to give me a $50 giftcard just for taking a test drive! Thanks, VW!
And here’s a secret: If you take a redemption card like that into a car dealership and tell them you’re not interested in buying, most of the time they’ll fill out the needed information for you without even making you do the test drive (because why waste their time).
What an easy way to make $50, and all because I remembered to open my junk mail. I may use it to buy a shredder.